Neil Diamond ends 50th Anniversary tour following Parkinson’s diagnosis; Tsumani warning issued after 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Alaska

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Neil Diamond, who will celebrate his 77th birthday on Wednesday, announced that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. As a result, Diamond cancelled the rest of his 50th anniversary tour.

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake took place off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska on Tuesday morning, leading to a 5.6 magnitude aftershock six hours later. A tsunami warning was issued, then cancelled at 7:15 a.m.

The man who was beaten and burned by a group of teenagers in Annandale on Sunday was sleeping when the juveniles attempted to steal his backpack in the 4500 block of Commons Drive at 2:45 in the afternoon. A 14-year-old male has been charged with attempted robbery and malicious wounding.

The Lorton 17-year-old who has been charged with murdering his girlfriend’s parents (Reston’s Buckley Kuhn-Fricker and Scott Fricker) has been transported from the hospital to a Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center following a teleconference hearing on Monday. The teen shot himself after killing the couple.

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax silently protested a Senate tribute to Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson on Monday by stepping down from his position on the dais and taking a seat on a bench where Senate pages normally sit.
(The Washington Post)

An NAACP meeting was held in Loudoun County on Monday for residents to talk about the KKK’s recent activity in the area—the latest stunt featuring bags of birdseed containing a piece of paper calling Martin Luther King Jr. a “communist pervert.”

A section of Reston’s Comprehensive Plan which was supposed to provide guidance on how to limit traffic-related noise was accidentally left out. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will be working to come up with a way to put the section back into the plan on Tuesday.
(Reston Now)

During Monday’s Loudoun County School Board meeting, board members brought up LGBT advocates’ continued efforts to get members of the community anti-discrimination protections. Last year, the school board voted against incorporating sexual orientation and gender identity training into the employee non-discrimination policy 5-4.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)